TODAY   |  April 10, 2010

Polish leader among scores dead in jet crash

According to officials, President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died when the their jetliner crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia.

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>>> morning, the president of poland is among those who died today when a polish jet liner crashed on landing in russia . all 96 people on board were killed. abc 's tom aspell joins us with the latest.

>> the airplane krarned in thick fog a mile short of smoel lesing. local officials said the airplane caught fire after it hit the ground. rescue teams attempted to pull passengers out of the wreckage but no survivors. they were traveling to a memorial satisfy at katyn near smoel lesing.

>> and tom, obviously you just mentioned the thick fog and that may have been the problem . but the tupelo 154 is a plane that was carrying these passengers is a fairly old plane , correct?

>> it's quite an old plane , it was built during the soviet era and it does not have a good safety record. there's been 66 crashes of this plane , 55 of them in the last five years.